Video: time lapse shows Costa Concordia salvage
Stricken luxury liner has now been righted after most complex salvage operation ever attempted
TWENTY months after it ran aground off the Italian coast, the cruise ship Costa Concordia has been successfully righted and floated off the rocks in one of the most complex and large-scale salvage operations ever undertaken.
There is still no sign of the bodies of two missing passengers, Russel Rebello, 33, from India, and Grazia Trecarichi, 50, from Sicily.
Trecarichi's husband, Elio Vincenzi watched the operation yesterday from the shore. Another 30 people died in the accident.
It took a team of engineers headed by South African Nick Sloan 19 continuous hours of effort to turn the 114,500-ton vessel, which could not be broken up where it lay for fear of environmental damage.
The ship will now stay where it is near the island of Giglio for several months while it is assessed for damage and repaired to a stable condition. It will then be towed away to be scrapped, probably next spring. ·